SAN FRANCISCO -- Deafening screams of "Schmitttteee!" greeted San Francisco's ace as he made his way from the dugout back to the clubhouse after another outstanding outing.
All those cheers -- not to mention his brilliant pitching of late -- are providing a big boost for Jason Schmidt's ego.
Schmidt pitched eight dominant innings to win consecutive starts for just the second time all season, and the Giants defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-0 Wednesday night.
"It was huge," Schmidt said. "When you get late in the year like this and you're struggling, it really becomes a confidence issue. My confidence is back. I made a lot of adjustments mentally and physically."
Schmidt (5-3) hadn't won back-to-back outings since beating Los Angeles and Colorado on April 5 and 10 to start the year. He built on his best start of the season last Friday, when he pitched eight shutout innings in a 4-0 win at Detroit.
This time, he struck out a season-high 10 and threw several fastballs clocked at 95 mph, and said, "I feel like there's a whole lot more in there." He also extended his scoreless streak to 17 innings dating to June 11 against Cleveland.
"He's a big part of their success, one of their workhorses," Arizona's Luis Gonzalez said. "For those guys to compete, he's got to be on his game."
Schmidt, who hasn't pitched a complete game this year, went out to start the ninth, but gave up a leadoff single to Gonzalez. Scott Eyre relieved and recorded one out, then Tyler Walker finished the five-hitter. The crowd booed when Schmidt was removed.
"It's been a while since I've heard the crowd that way, just the excitement," Schmidt said.
Schmidt, an 18-game winner last season and one of the top vote getters for the NL Cy Young award the past two years, seems to be regaining his form after an inconsistent first half. The lanky right-hander has been working to vary his pitches and become less predictable.
"We all have to make adjustments in this game," catcher Mike Matheny said. "I'm very proud he made the adjustment. He needed to have it proven to him how good his stuff is, and he did that the last two games. ... For him to get right, no question it's a huge boost for us, a shot in the arm."
And manager Felipe Alou is going to be cautious with Schmidt's pitch count to make sure he doesn't experience the fatigue that hindered him earlier in the year. Schmidt threw 116 pitches, and that's around the target number for him these days.
Arizona manager Bob Melvin said before the game that Schmidt causes opposing batters problems and "gets your attention" even when his velocity is down as it had been recently.
Melvin was more impressed afterward.
"He changed his style a bit," Melvin said. "It doesn't matter how you pitch as long as you get guys out. His fastball was topped at 95 and his changeup was between 83 and 86. The good pitchers make adjustments."
After Kelly Stinnett singled in the fourth, Schmidt retired the next nine batters he faced, including striking out the side in order in the seventh.
The Diamondbacks, who ended their five-game losing streak with a 6-4 win Tuesday, only reached four base runners past first and none advanced further than second.
Brad Halsey (4-6) remained winless in June with his fourth consecutive defeat -- three of those have come on the road. His last victory came May 31 at New York.
Troy Glaus, who fell hard on his right wrist at Cleveland on Sunday, returned to the lineup after landing on the wrist again in Monday's game. He struck out all four times up.
Giants manager Felipe Alou tweaked his lineup by moving Durham back into the leadoff spot after a long stint in the No. 5 hole. Rookie outfielder Jason Ellison, who had been leading off, batted seventh and had an RBI bunt single in the second to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.
"Elli did extremely well as a leadoff hitter," Alou said. "I believe Elli will do well anywhere."
- Schmidt is 7-0 with a 2.26 ERA in his last 11 starts vs. the D-Backs.
- The Giants are 102-52 since 2003 when Durham has scored at least one run.
- Felipe Alou was named a coach for the All-Star game next month in Detroit. He will coach under close friend Tony La Russa, the St. Louis skipper. Alou has turned down chances to coach in the game before, but looked forward to the chance to stand alongside La Russa in the NL dugout.
- D-Backs SS Royce Clayton received the day off. Alex Cintron started in his place a day after playing 3B in place of Glaus.